Catalog No. 651
Pottery, transfer, 0.5L, pewter lid, typically with figurine.
“Eher soll die Welt verderben, als vor Durst ein Bayer sterben.”
(The world should come to an end before a Bavarian dies of thirst.)
The central figure on this stein is Bavaria, the female personification of the Bavarian state. The depiction here is taken from a bronze statue at the entrance to Munich’s Ruhmeshalle (Hall of Fame), commissioned by Ludwig I in the mid-19th century. Prior to the end of World War I, the Kingdom of Bavaria was a state in the German Empire.
From the 1888 until the onset of World War I, German males between the ages of 17 and 20 were obligated to serve a period of active military duty, normally two or three years, after which they became reservists, subject to recall through the age of 45. Upon completion of active duty, reservists often purchased souvenirs in remembrance of their experience, personalized beer steins being the most popular of these service mementos.
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